Muhal Richard Abrams: Laja

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Laja

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View From Within (Black Saint BSR0081)

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Musicians:

Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Stanton Davis (trumpet), John Purcell (alto sax), Marty Ehrlich (alto sax), Warren Smith (vibes), Rick Rozie (bass), Thurman Barker (drums), Ray Mantilla (bongo, conga, percussion).

Recorded: New York, September 22 & 27, 1984

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Utilizing the rhythm and feel of salsa music, you get a feel of how Muhal hears music. He hears the rhythm and then allows his style of harmonic writing to infiltrate the rhythm. I remember him telling me once “the innovations in music are predominantly through rhythm.” I love this. If this piece had different notes, you’d think it was Tito Puente.

Reviewer: Jason Moran

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